7.1 Site ecology
During Construction all existing features of ecological value on the surrounding site and boundary area, are to be adequately protected from damage during clearance, site preparation and construction.
Protecting ecological features on site from clearing and construction works can have a number of benefits to existing site ecology and subsequent development.
It is no longer sufficient to claim inadvertent disturbance, capture or killing of animals and birds or their habitats.
British Standard BS5837 “Trees in relation to construction” BSI, 2005 gives detailed guidance on measures for the protection of trees during the construction process.
BS5837 recommends types of protection and minimum distance for protective fencing around trees and prevention of damage to roots.
The standard also lists organisations from which additional advice can be obtained.
Useful links for guidance are;-